Today I left the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and entered Voyageurs National Park at Sand Point Lake. I had a good day paddling today as the wind was in my favor. Paddling from Little Vermilion I crossed Sand Point Lake, Hamakan Lake, Kettle Falls, and got 5 miles into the Huge Rainy Lake, the last lake before I reach International Falls. 33 miles total.
Kettle Falls was a treasure as I spent 3 ½ hours there and had a good hot meal. Kettle Falls is only accessible by boat and has a operating hotel that was built in 1910 to service the logging and gold mining going on at that time. The hotel and surrounding area is now working under Voyageurs National Park by a private concessionaire. There was so much history to explore here. I got some good photos, but they are still in the 35-MM camera that broke shortly after leaving Kettle Falls. I will get them after camera comes back from the camera repair shop.
After portaging around Kettle Falls I paddled for a few miles on Rainy Lake and then camped on an island just before dark.